Va. Commonwealth uses 2nd-half spurt to get past Delaware, 83-73
NEWARK, Del. (AP)—Eric Maynor and Jamal Shuler scored 21 points apiece, and Virginia Commonwealth used a 16-0 second-half run to pull away for an 83-73 victory over Delaware on Saturday.
The Colonial Athletic Association-leading Rams (18-5, 11-2) were trailing 58-52 when they reeled off 16 straight points to build a 68-58 advantage with 8:29 remaining.
VCU hit four 3-pointers during the run, and the Blue Hens (10-13, 7-6) never got within eight points the rest of the way. The Rams beat the Blue Hens for the 10th straight time and lead the all-time series 11-2.
Freshman Alphonso Dawson led Delaware with a career-high 25 points, and Herb Courtney added 21. Delaware held a 43-26 rebounding advantage, but the Rams forced the Blue Hens into 19 turnovers while committing only six.
The game stayed close throughout the first half, which featured three ties and nine lead changes. Delaware led by as many as six points early.
Eric Maynor’s basket just before the halftime buzzer gave VCU a 40-39 lead, but Rams coach Anthony Grant was called for a technical after arguing with officials as he left the court. Dawson sank one of two free throws when the teams returned to the floor, sending the game into the second half tied at 40.
Brian Johnson’s jumper put the Blue Hens ahead 42-40, and Delaware maintained the lead until Shuler’s 3-pointer tied the game at 58 with 13:27 remaining.